The Philadelphia Eagles suffered their first 2022 season loss on Monday night, and with that came an exploration of weaknesses, particularly on defense. But, Howie Roseman had an answer for that.
On Thursday, the Eagles signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The moves comes one day after the team signed Linval Joseph.
EAGLES SIGN NDAMUKONG SUH
Ndamukong Suh entered the NFL in 2010, signing with the Detroit Lions as a second overall draft pick. He quickly made a name for himself, becoming a five-time Pro Bowler, three-time First-team All-Pro, and two-time Second-team All-Pro. Suh was selected for the NFL 2010’s All-Decade Team and became a Super Bowl champion in 2020 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Despite two games in which he was suspended in 2011, Suh has played every game each season, totaling 191. He’s completed 591 combined tackles and 70.5 sacks.
On Thursday the Eagles signed Suh to a one-year deal. He now becomes the oldest defensive lineman on the team at 35.
— Ndamukong Suh (@NdamukongSuh) November 17, 2022
Roseman and the Eagles hope that Suh’s addition will help fill some holes. The team lost rookie Jordan Davis to an ankle injury while playing the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is now on injured reserve. However, despite big-name players who have remained healthy, Philadelphia massively failed in short-yardage situations on Monday against the Washington Commanders.
While Suh brings a veteran presence, he also comes with some drama. In 2020, he was the sixth-most fined player in league history, but his new teammates have been coming to his defense.
Cornerback Darius Slay stated, “He’d [Suh] play hard for his team. It’s never been a nasty thing about him. Everybody keeps thinking about all the times he did all the so-called dirty stuff, but he’s not a guy that does dirty stuff. A lot of people do the dirty stuff to him.”
After watching previous films of Suh’s plays, Slay continued. “People were messing with him first, egging him on because they know he’s retaliate. As he got older, he’s probably more chill now. But young Suh, for sure, just always kind of like, he was always the second man getting caught.”
For Philadelphia’s sake, let’s hope the penalties are a thing of the past.
Suh will likely see playing time immediately. The Eagles are on the road this week as they head to Indianapolis to play the Colts on Sunday, November 20. Kickoff is at 1PM.